Learn everything you need to know about your 3 month old baby. Track important developments and milestones such as talking, walking, growth, memory & more.
By the time your baby is 4 months old, he'll be a delight -- cuddly, cooing, quick to laugh. As his senses improve to near-adult levels, he's far more aware of the world around him and utterly engaged in everything he sees, hears, smells, and touches. Taste might be another story. At 4 months, some pediatricians recommend introducing your little one to his first taste of solid foods, usually a few tablespoons of rice cereal to supplement the formula and breast milk that remain the staple of his diet. For some babies, this opens up a wonderful realm of gustatory pleasures; for others, it's just plain yucky. Either way, work on adapting your baby to the feel of solid foods in his mouth. Chewing doesn't come naturally at first, so half the cereal will end up down the front of his onesie, but keep it up. Hopefully he'll be an eating champ in no time.
Physically, your baby's day -- from tummy time to hanging out in his high chair -- offers a workout, and as a result he's getting stronger every day. By the time he's 4 months he can manage to sit upright, with a little support from you. He can bear weight on his legs and will briefly stand up if you hold him just right. He's also able to reach for objects and close them into his fists, a skill that goes perfectly with his improved ability to lift his head during tummy time.
The major milestone to expect these days: rolling over. Most babies manage to flip from their bellies to their backs between 4 and 6 months. They won't master rolling the other way till closer to 6 months, so be prepared for some interim fussing till your little one can flip himself.
Introducing solid foods brings on a new set of challenges, including the possibility of allergic reactions. Postpone introducing some of the most allergenic foods including egg whites, cow's milk, wheat, and peanut butter. Always watch for symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, gasping, or wheezing. Keep a log of when you introduce new foods, and let a few days pass between bringing on new baby foods. It might take a day or two for problems to rear their ugly heads, and you'll want to be able to easily pinpoint which food caused the problem.
Other things to keep in mind while you introduce solids:
Use your baby's 4-month well visit soon to get advice on feeding, sleeping, and anything else that's bothering you these days.
Just as your baby perfects the art of lifting his head and looking around, you might feel as if you're getting your first chance to look around too. That's because you're entering a golden zone in the life of your baby, who's old enough to be enjoyable -- and who rewards your efforts with winning smiles and delighted coos -- but still too young to keep you on the run with crawling and exploring. His sleeping and eating patterns are finally settling into a routine, which makes it easier for you to get things done each day -- even if it's just showering before noon. Even better, your baby might be sleeping more solidly at night, giving you a bonus few hours of snooze time (and a world of improvement to your mental health). That makes now a great time to figure out how to make your life as a mom a little better. Some potential mood boosters:
Help increase her physical skills by making eye contact with her.Read More